Return on equity is seen as a way to measure how well management invests earnings and capital provided by shareholders.
Ampco-Pittsburgh, First Niagara and Black Box went from losing money last year to turning a profit.
Combining the old H.J. Heinz Co. with Kraft Foods in July propelled Kraft Heinz to the top via a chart-topping 68 percent jump in revenue.
The merger brought together ketchup and mac and cheese, helping the new food giant top the list ranking companies by revenue change.
The telecommunications giant is the region’s top-performing company for the fourth straight year.
Transformation means never having to say you’re sorry.
Figures for the Post-Gazette’s Top 50 lists were derived from public company reports, Bloomberg data, and Post-Gazette staff research.
In a year when the stock market turned in a subpar performance, bank stocks were the Pittsburgh region’s top performers.
A shrinking stock price didn’t prevent the communications giant from topping the list of the Pittsburgh region’s largest public companies.